- The suit: We selected this classic one-piece for the ruching and forgiving nylon-lycra blend that will camouflage potentially problematic belly areas. Plus black never goes out of style and looks great even against those of us that have never seen this side of a tan. It's also a great building block piece that looks as chic in exotic far flung locales as it does paddling with the kids at the local pool.
- The cover-up: For pool parties, we like the idea of adding a sense of occasion with a fun print. Trina Turk makes some of our favorites, like this vibrant tunic. Other great cover-up options? An menswear-inspired shirt dress (add a summer hat and a chic belt to dress up the look).
- The shoes: Embellished sandals are a great way to feel a bit more put together without risking injury on a slippery pool deck in stilettos. And they are also dressier than your traditional flip-flop!
- The shades: Every summer brings new trends in sunglasses: the Clubmasters, the Wayfarers, those ridiculous Kanye West shutter shades. But nothing beats a classic pair of oversized tortoise shell shades. They're a little poolside touch of Hollywood glamour that will never go out of style.